About James Culhane
Shamus Culhane was an American animator, film director, and film producer.
He began his animation career in 1925 working for J.R. Bray studios. Through the course of his career, he has worked for a number of American animation studios, including Fleischer Studios, the Ub Iwerks studio, Walt Disney Productions, and the Walter Lantz studio. Culhane was the only animator to work on all of the first four animated feature-length Disney cartoons. In a career that spanned six decades, he worked for 18 cartoon studios, including his own. In the mid-1990s his early hand-drawn animation was combined with computer animation for Disney films including Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), and Pocahontas (1995).
He wrote two highly-regarded books on animation: the how-to/textbook Animation from Script to Screen, and his autobiography Talking Animals and Other People.